03/24/04 — Residents hearing scheduled on city annexation

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Residents hearing scheduled on city annexation

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on March 24, 2004 2:14 PM

Goldsboro staff members will answer residents' questions about the proposed annexation near Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads on Thursday.

Though the city plans on holding a public hearing on April 5, as required by law, Thursday's meeting at Lane Tree Golf Club will be a public information session about the annexation.

The meeting, beginning at 7 p.m., will give city officials the chance to explain its plans and policies concerning city services.

The Goldsboro City Council passed a resolution in February declaring its intent to annex land near Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads.

The area includes Ashby Hills, Fallingbrook Estates, Morgan Trace, Buck Run, Pineview Acres, Tarklin Acres and Canterbury Village Subdivisions. It includes an area where some residents had hoped to form a town called Northbrook.

The city first voted to consider annexing that area in June 2002. State law requires that cities adopt a resolution of consideration at least one year before adopting a resolution of intent to annex.

In April, the council will take the final vote on the annexation. If it passes, the area will be annexed into Goldsboro on June 30.

A number of residents in the area to be annexed have voiced opposition, and some have tried to form another town. The proposed town, Northbrook, would have taken in 2,500 acres and about 3,000 people. A state Senate committee rejected the Northbrook plan.